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5 soc_interaction.ppt - Social interaction is the glue that...

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Social interaction is the glue that holds societies together. First, we will examine how the nature of social interaction varies depending on the technological base and level of “development.” Then we will look at how social interaction varies depending on a person’s status in a society and the roles associated with each status. Finally, we will consider the extent to which we are influenced by our social interactions and the consequences of social interaction for how we construct the reality of our lives.
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Social Interaction Social Interaction involves at least two people who: communicate through language and symbolic gestures interpret and attach meaning to this communication affect each other’s behavior and thinking can involve whole societies is shaped by context: people from different cultures use a different “lens” to interpret communication and behavior in same culture, we act differently with family, friends, strangers, people with authority/power over us is shaped by history and collective memory
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For clues on how to act and react we look to the SOCIAL STRUCTURE = all social groups and institutions in a society with relatively stable patterns of social behavior these patterns: make the social world understandable help guide social behavior make life appear predictable allow for social stability and order or conflict Social Interaction :
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The textbook’s discussion of AIDS in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Uganda illustrates: A. the futility of trying to change cultural norms. A. the fundamental cause of AIDS is poverty. A. the demographic transition. A. that history and social context shape the extent and pattern of a disease in a population. Answer: D The social context for the DRC is the legacy of colonial resource exploitation, followed by corruption and civil war, that have resulted in dire poverty, malnutrition, violence, and mass migration--conditions conducive to the spread of AIDS. Click to see how the DRC (formerly Zaire) looks today.
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Displaced People:
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Malnourished Children:
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Main Highway:
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Ripe for Terrorist Recruitment
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Main point Social interaction is influenced by: collective memory our positions in the social structure relative to those with whom we are interacting the social context created by political circumstances and levels of social & economic development How does social interaction vary by level of social & economic development?
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Traditional Societies
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Traditional Societies most people farm a small plot (called subsistence farming ) little specialization of tasks most social interaction is face-to-face have Durkheim’s “mechanical solidarity” bound together by their similarities, shared way of life; reject those with different ways of life
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Examples: 19th & most of 20th century U.S. and W. Europe, China today
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